Saturday, June 29, 2013

Furloughs, Benefit Cuts Await Nampa School Teachers in Coming Year

Posted By on Sat, Jun 29, 2013 at 1:00 PM

The already-strained relationship between the Nampa teachers' union and the Nampa School Board will only get more unpleasant as the board, in a last-ditch vote before its July 1 deadline, decided to force a 14-day furlough, a decrease in counseling and nursing services, and elimination of life insurance, as well as short- and long-term disability insurance.

This morning's Idaho Press-Tribune reports that the Nampa School Board unanimously approved the cuts during a special meeting on Friday, July 28, after not being able to come to agreement with the Nampa Education Association, which pleaded for a salary increase for teachers in addition to the furloughs.

"I have kept my cool pretty good this entire time … but you have wasted my time,” said NEA President Mandy Simpson, according to the Press-Tribune. “You have wasted my time because you did not come to this table to negotiate in good faith. It is insulting and it is disrespectful and I do not appreciate it.”

According to the Press-Tribune, Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said in May that school districts can impose a contract if the two sides do not find a balance.

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